Solar Flare Or A Nuclear Attack Could Paralyse Britain’s Power And Communications


Britain’s electrical system, financial networks and transport infrastructure could all be paralysed by a solar flare or a nuclear attack, Liam Fox will warn next week.

Natural events on the surface of the sun can cause electromagnetic disruption which can shut down electrical equipment and cripple orbiting satellites Photo: ALAMY

The Defence Secretary will next week attend a summit of scientists and security advisers who believe the infrastructure that underpins modern life in Western economies is potentially vulnerable to electromagnetic disruption.

Such disruptions, which can shut down electrical equipment and cripple orbiting satellites, can be triggered by man-made nuclear blasts or natural events on the surface of the sun.

Dr Fox will tell the conference he believes there is a growing threat, and he wants to address the “vulnerabilities” in Britain’s high-tech infrastructure.

“As the nature of our technology becomes more complex, so the threat becomes more widespread,” he will say.

“While we all benefit from the products of scientific advances so we also create vulnerabilities that can be exploited by our enemies. However advanced we become the chain of our security is only as strong as its weakest link.”

The Coalition’s Strategic Defence and Security Review is considering potential weaknesses in Britain’s defences against high-tech attack or disruption.

While conventional military units, cyberwarfare and other technology-driven capabilities are likely to get more money when the review is concluded.

Much of the Ministry of Defence’s planning focuses on the risk of a hostile state exploding a nuclear weapon in space, creating a sudden, intense burst of electromagnetic energy called a high altitude electro-magnetic pulse.

One “nightmare scenario” being privately discussed by senior defence figures involves Iran successfully detonating a nuclear device high over Europe. “They could reduce our civilisation to the dark ages,” said one insider.

Some scientists say there is a similar danger from a once-in-a-century solar flare, a disturbance on the surface of the sun that could cause geomagnetic storms on earth.

A major flare in the mid-19th century blocked the nascent telegraph system, and some scientists believe that another such even is now overdue.

The Westminister meeting is being jointly hosted by the Electric Infrastructure Security Council and the Henry Jackson Society, a think-tank.

The meeting will be addressed by Avi Schnurr, a former US government adviser who said that “super-flares” occur about once every hundred years, meaning the next is overdue.

The electrical grid, computers, telephones, transportation, water supply, food production are all vulnerable to a major flare, said Mr Schnurr, who also works for the Israel Missile Defence Association, a lobby group.

“Our electrical infrastructures are so ubiquitous that an EMP or geomagnetic storm could shatter nations all over the earth, and we cannot wait for disaster to spur us to action,” he said

The Daily Telegraph disclosed earlier this year that Nasa scientists believe Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”.

Last week MPs were told that a “virtual team”, involving officials from the agency, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Defence and Home Office were currently investigating the “resilience and security impacts of space” and its impact on Britain.

David Williams, acting head of the UK Space Agency, told a Commons committee that any negative impacts on technology, particularly satellites, would have “severe problems both short-term and long-term” for Britain.

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5 Responses

  1. Gary says:

    Bring it on said the chimp

  2. Abaddon says:

    Here we go again, a solar flare or a nuclear attack “could” paralyse Britains electronic infrastructure? My God what will they think of next, a meteorite heading towards buckingham palace, a shift in the worlds axis causing London to tip into the Thames? Why should it be only Britain that will suffer such “possible” calamities, does it mean that we will have to pay some new TAX so that the goverment can “protect” us from these coming “possibilities.” Will it mean their “corporate” buddies will be given huge sums of taxpayers money to protect us from these “imaginary” conjured scams that they dream up in the stock exchange? What we need protecting from are those crooks in power and their greedy corporate masters who pull the strings of those appointed political puppets of theirs to screw the people dry.
    We are going down the tube to anarchy, and it has already begun, not because of a solar flare, or a meteorite, or an ice age, this planet has survived all that and much much more over four and a half billion years and it is still here, and it will still be here when we are all gone. Those natural forces of the universe are not our problem, it is those GREEDY forces in the establishment who have caused all our woes. The earth provides all our needs, and has done so for thousands of years for billions of people, and it has not sent a bill to anyone of us for what we have taken. Those avaricious monsters with their political deviants have sequestrated and pillaged the free abundance of resources of the planet and held us all to ransom by selling it to us at exhorbitant prices. Creating an air of fear to keep us constantly in dependance on their corporate political global machine so that they can rule the world, and its resources. They have used that which is free to enslave us all. But their greed will be their downfall. For they have built a concentration camp corporate earth built on a foundation of PAPER, that is their financial system. To keep it all together they use a “wire” for their communications that is even thinner than the paper. Their infrastructure is connected through a network of pipes that are as fragile as the paper and the wire. Its integrity is all kept together through a corrupt glue called human greed.
    Is it any wonder that the global corporate machine is disintergrating? As their desperation grows they become more extreme as they try to keep their “greedy global money machine functioning.” This article proves that.

    The only reason why we are all suffering is a HUMAN one.

  3. adomarc says:

    das könnte auch in D. passieren?

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